Yayoi Kusama in Jakarta


Yayoi Kusama’s work is now in Indonesia featuring more than 130 works that span almost 70 years. The first large-scale exhibition is making its last stop in Jakarta till 9 September 2018 at Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN). Kusama is one of the world’s most influential artists, and has played a crucial role in key art movements that inspired millions around the world. I have been to “Yayoi Kusama: Life Is the Heart of a Rainbow” showcased at National Gallery Singapore but Jakarta edition is still worth a visit!

Book your tickets in advance

MACAN is Indonesia’s first modern art museum opened on November 2017 located at AKR Tower in west Jakarta. The best option to get there is by ride-hailing app Grab. I would advised to buy the exhibition tickets online in advance to avoid the crowd.

Visiting timings

Visitors can choose any of the 5 slots, limited to 2 hours per visit. The best timing to enjoy the artwork is in the morning slot.

  • 10 am – 12pm
  • 12 pm – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 4 pm
  • 4 pm – 6 pm
  • 6 pm – 8 pm

Store your bags and camera

Please arrive about 15 minutes before your session. You would need to store your bags and camera (including GoPro, DSLR, SLR, Polaroid) in the cloakroom. Only phone photography is allowed in the exhibition. Do note that you are not allowed to bring in food and drinks (including bottled water).

Data Obsession – Infinity Mirrored Room

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Peep-in mirror dome.

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Mirrored Room.

Narcissus Garden

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A recreation of Yayoi Kusama’s 1966 installation Narcissus Garden.

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Her dots and nets are everywhere.

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White painted sewn stuffed cushions in a form of phallic.

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Pumpkin (1981)


Infinity nets.

The Spirits of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens

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More pumpkins.

I want to Love on the Festival Night

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A mirrored box and light bulbs.

Love Forever


Artworks developed from monochromatic felt pen drawings.

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A video installation, Song Of A Manhattan Suicide Addict from 2010.

Infinity Mirrored Room – Brilliance of the Souls

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This is the most Instagrammable Room, a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and seemingly endless LED light display.

My External Soul

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Soft sculptures with some of Kusama’s newer works in the background, including the piece, Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.

The Obliteration Room

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The Obliteration Room is located on the 6th floor. Visitors will get the opportunity to fill up the space with colourful dot stickers.

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Without doubt Yayoi Kusama’s art makes a good pictures but her struggle with mental illness inspires many.

Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara
AKR Tower Level MM
Jalan Panjang No. 5 Kebon Jeruk
Jakarta Barat 11530, Indonesia
Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm
Adult: IDR 100,000 | Child: IDR 80,000

Book your ticket online!

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4 Thoughts

  1. Wow, thanks for sharing! Yayoi Kusama is really a creative artist and I like her works a lot. Her previous installations in Singapore was a hit too!

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